Allyuh...ah just get this..and it set meh back some years. Just felt like sharing.?

If you were a child of the 80s and early 90s in Trinidad, you might remember: - giving someone and receiving a meggie - collecting empty tic-tac containers for the smell, filling them with water then drinking it - you filled empty orchard cartons with air and jumped on it to make a popping noise to... show more If you were a child of the 80s and early 90s in Trinidad, you might remember:

- giving someone and receiving a meggie

- collecting empty tic-tac containers for the smell, filling them with water then drinking it

- you filled empty orchard cartons with air and jumped on it to make a popping noise to scare someone

- you screamed at the faintest sound of thunder

- getting licks with a guava whip or a wooden ruler with a metal strip on the side

- when push point pencils were in style

- when stationery on a whole was in style, nice erasers were prized: scented and colourful, sharpeners shaped like hamburgers or mechanical pencils and pilot pens, fine-point preferably

- when 'Bata' was not in style but you had to wear one anyway

- carrying ah lunch kit with a thermos flask inside

- reading Enid Blyton, Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys, Judy Blume, Sweet Dreams or Sweet Valley High.

- wearing VERY ying, very short, very tight khaki pants to school

- wearing socks with frills

- wearing panties with frills on the back

- the Coca-Cola yo-yo craze

- how handwriting was a big thing in primary school among girls, you wrote extremely small and extremely neat with care

- at some point in time, having to ask someone or be asked:
a) if yuh father is a glass maker
b) if yuh have ants in yuh pants
c) if yuh monkey glands acting up

- you loved pencil cases and you wanted a nice one shaped like a giant pencil with a zip on one end

- holding hands with a another girl or boy to go somewhere on an outing (everybody, find ah partner!) meant that he/she was your good friend

- you were a Brownie or a Cub Scout, no one was quite sure what 'Red Cross' people did except you called them if somebody fell down

- having your skin stained for days with iodine after you fell

- boys making guns out of paper and shooting each other

- saying 'ABC, ketch ah crab, put it in ah paper bag' to some First years or Second years

- you read 'Lucky Dip' and West Indian Readers

- pennycools costing 25 cents

- getting excited over the sight of three red beans sprouting on a wet piece of toilet paper in an old mayonaise jar

- eating condensed milk from the can, tomato balls, paradise plums, chilibibi and planter's snacks

- wearing poppies on Poppy Day was a fashion statement

- cheese paste sandwiches with food colouring on Kiss bread cut in triangles

- playing 'in ah fine castle, do you hear my sissy-o', 'I lost my glove on a Saturday night and found it Sunday morning...'

- the smell of whitening your shoes

- in primary school, you methodically collected eraser shavings

- Netball, Rounders and cricket was serious business!

- reciting time tables

- you played catch, red-light/green-light, there's a brown girl in the ring and hand clapping games till your palms stung

- a re-fashioned balloon was called ah chikey-chong

- You been to Cleverwoods at least twice for a class outing.

- Who had the most and prettiest Barbie dolls used to run tings.

- you made those fortune telling finger toys from copy book paper

- You used to recite the National pledge everyday, 'I solemnly swear to dedicate my life to the service of my God and my country...' But you cyar remember it now!

- having to religiously support some curry-q, bar-b-q or chinee-q for the school

- singing parang in a school Christmas concert or a folk song, 'mangoes...mangoes..'

- if you went to Catholic primary school: prayers, prayers and more prayers.



Teens of the 90s (early to mid) in Trinidad, you might remember:

- fellas got an earring too-just one

- football limes and Intercol

- no matter where you went to school, Trinity College seemed so far away

- your identity was defined by your school, there were girls and then there were 'Convent girls' (be that good, bad or indifferent)

- red band maxis and their hard pong

- you hoarded coloured ink pens

- you stressed about SBAs in Form 4 and 5

- if you travelled home, you had to lime first before you got there

- CXC lessons and the lessons' lime

- boys hitting school desks to start a chanting session

- maxis and maxi conductors were the scourge of Secondary school in these days, parents were always complaining about them

- you knew at least one girl who was 'dealing' with a maxi-man Knight Rider, Street Hawk and Mc Gyver
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